New research shows that despite falling digital asset prices, cryptojacking has reached record levels in the first half of 2022.
According to a mid-year update on cyber threats by American cybersecurity company SonicWall, global cryptojacking volumes rose by $66.7 million, or 30% in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period last year.
Cryptojacking is a cybercrime whereby malicious actors commandeer a victim’s computer resources by infecting the machine with malware designed to mine cryptocurrencies. It is often executed through vulnerabilities in web browsers and extensions.
The report stated that the overall rise in cryptojacking can be attributed to a couple of factors.
Firstly, cybercriminals are leveraging the Log4j vulnerability to deploy attacks in the cloud. In December 2021, a critical vulnerability affecting java based logging